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Walmart hosts free wellness event at Minnesota locations Saturday

  New thrift store in St. Peter brings new life to old items

Minnesota State University, Mankato, business partners receive MN Job Skills Partnership grants

  Apple Tree Dental partners with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont

  Waseca welcomes new bakery

Redwood County Sheriff’s Office warns businesses of recent credit card fraud

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  Blake Greenfield Chevrolet Buick closing its doors

  Adam Thielen’s Minnesota State jersey now available for purchase on campus

  Whimsy & Weathered opens expansion project

  HYPE hosts business networking seminar

  S.S. Boutique seeks community help with risk of closing

  Fun.com seeks 2,000 seasonal workers for Halloween season

  Local business named finalist for MN Cup Competition

The Minnesota Cup is a competition to find the best, most innovative business model.

  Special guests visit SCC to inform on the hiring of non-citizens into the workforce

The founders of Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP have successfully enhanced their workforce with the hiring of asylees, refugees and immigrants.

  Regional Economic Development Alliance celebrates 10 years of business growth

The alliance renewed a three year agreement to continue their services of providing regional and individual city information to over 180 businesses interested in investing in the Greater Mankato marketplace.

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union CEO retires, announces future plan

Nesvold had been with SouthPoint since 1989, and served as CEO since 1996.

  New food option coming to St. Peter

  Greater Mankato Growth, partners to educate businesses on hiring immigrants, asylees and refugees

  Sota Sisters Boutique opens in North Mankato

Owatonna company to grow tomatoes at new Iowa facility

Dain Fisher returns to Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group with new role

  Agricultural Lender Conference targets major impacts in ag

  Hometown Business Connection: Center Creek Orchard

Eleven years ago, Gordan and Karen Toupal started an apple orchard just outside of Fairmont.

  City and community members plan to transform a historic downtown St. James building

A historic building in downtown St. James came up for tax forfeiture and is struggling to remain standing.

  Local named Regional Vice President for Ducks Unlimited

Ruth Hoefs got involved with the organization about 20 years ago and was appointed to the vice president position in June.

  Artist overjoyed that stolen van filled with artwork found

A happy update to a story we brought you a few weeks ago.

  Pheasant Café to close by year’s end

Entrenched in the community for 46 years, the brother duo ownership thought it was time to do something different as one wants to retire.

  Pediatric Therapy Services merge with Mankato Clinic

Nancy Dobson, cofounder and owner of Pediatric Therapy Services, will lead the department.

  Ethanol economics: industry experiences volatility

Challenging farming weather this year, trade tensions with China and EPA Small Refinery Waivers are just a few reasons for the recent volatility.

  Mankato couple starts nonprofit to help Thailand orphanage

Justin and Kelli Neumann started GROW Thailand this summer.

  Center Creek Orchard opens for the season

Located just eight miles outside of Fairmont, the farm is entering its eleventh year of fall fun.

  School Shark, seeing a need and filling a need on college campuses

School Shark is a platform connecting students searching for used textbooks, with the students who can supply them.

  Fairmont prepares for its new miniature golf course

Each hole is sponsored by a business and each respective business got to design the obstacle.

Nuvera appoints Glenn H. Zerbe as Chief Executive Officer

The current CEO of Nuvera, Bill Otis, will relinquish his duties on Sept. 3 and begin a new role as the Special Advisor to the Board of Directors.

  Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago shutting down

According to the board member, most employees will be laid off

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery wins 3 awards at international competition

Judges included sommeliers, wine consultants, wine importers, winemakers, oenologists, biochemists and wine writers.

Hilltop Florist, Feeding Our Communities Partners team-up for new Hope in Bloom program

Deb and Kevin Newman, the new owners of Hilltop Florist & Greenhouse, are founding a program aimed at raising awareness and financial benefit for area nonprofit organizations.

  Nicollet County Bank merges with Pioneer Bank, location now open

The location officially opened Monday. Here's what customers should know.

  Local artist’s van stolen near Lake Crystal

A local artist’s van filled with original art and supplies was stolen from her home this weekend.

  Farmamerica discusses soil health and management

Farmamerica took a closer look at soil health and management this week that included a demonstration on different tilling methods and their effect on the soil.

Crystal Valley appoints new Vice President of Energy

Crystal Valley announced that Doug Lund has been appointed the role of Vice President of Energy Tuesday.

  New play store will officially open Saturday

Janesville's newest attraction, Ready Set Build will have its grand opening this Saturday.

  Congressman Jim Hagedorn visits Mankato’s Jones Metal

The goal was to advocate for legislation that would help small companies like Jones Metal grow.

  New pizza option in Nicollet

Since opening the doors, owners of the new business are impressed with how nice the community is.

  BridgeWater at Mankato is expanding, hiring

The company offers assisted living for residents as young as their 50s.

  Del Monte closes doors after nearly a century in Sleepy Eye

The closure will directly affect 75 full-time employees and 300 part-time employees.

BREAKING: Del Monte to close Sleepy Eye plant

The facility currently employs 22 salaried and 50 hourly employees, with up to 400 seasonal workers.

  MSU, Mankato President discusses future projects, student retention and more during convocation speech

It’s a plan for the future that includes new student resident halls, Armstrong Hall’s replacement, a new football stadium and a new academic building for the College of Business.

  Mankato Hy-Vee employee wins prestigious award

Each year, 11 employees out of 85,000 are nominated and chosen for Hy-Vee's highest customer service honor.

  New pizzeria opened its doors in Mankato

Kato Pizzeria opened its doors in Mankato last week offering fresh stone fired pizza.

  Local coffee shop expands to downtown Mankato

River Rock Coffee has been a St. Peter fixture for nearly two decades.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints new CEO

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints Louise Dickmeyer as the new Chief Executive Officer.

  Dunkin’ helps raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota through Cop on a Rooftop

Dunkin’ also donated $1,000.

  New mural coming to Mom and Pop’s

The mural is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.

Mankato Brewery release party at the Blue Earth County Historical Society

The Shady Lady Saloon Lager is named for alleged rum runner Belle Borne, who resided in South Bend, Minnesota, in the 1920s.

  Demolition begins for new Frandsen location

The old gas station on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato took quite the hit today.

  Ruby Ride expanding services in Mankato area

Extended hours and subscription plans will now be offered.

  Crow Bar & Grill opens years after fire

General Manager Jess Johansen wanted to bring the city to downtown Courtland.

Greater Mankato Growth appoints new Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Greater Mankato Growth announced the appointment of Lucy Sanford as their new Marketing and Communication Coordinator Wednesday.

  Minnesota unemployment rate increases in July

July’s seasonally adjusted loss represents the first decline after four continuous months of gains that added 7,000 jobs.

  Crystal Valley gives substantial pledge to South Central College

The pledge of over $100,000 will go towards a brand-new Agribusiness Experimental Learning Lab.

  Minnesota State-Mankato makes major changes to gameday

Earlier this week, Mankato City Council members voted in support of MSU's ability to host tailgating events before football games with alcohol activity.

  Hy-Vee investigating payment processing data incident

Hy-Vee says the incident occurred with transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.

  Freedom Home Care team raises money for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Freedom Home Care team is taking part in September's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

  Fairmont business owners aim to create town unity with t-shirts

Despite being competitors, Jay Doyscher, Sara Cypher, Kim White and Betsy Tino came together to create “Team Fairmont."

  FCC, CenturyLink reach settlement for unauthorized charges on customers’ bills

During its investigation, the FCC reviewed complaints from CenturyLink customers, who said they found unauthorized third-party charges on their bills and, in some cases, had difficulty getting timely refunds.

  Local communications providers to receive federal funding to expand high speed internet access in rural areas

Jaguar will receive $510,588 and Midcontinent will receive $27,977,284 over the course of 10 years.

  Industrial hemp test plot new to Farmfest, along with new hemp association

The latest farm bill opened doors for industrial hemp, making it a new commodity and the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association hopes to steer those interested, in the right direction.

  Unique Specialty and Classic Cars holds sale until Aug. 17

Over 100 classic cars are available at the former Gander Mountain parking lot in Mankato.

  A stroll through North Mankato’s 120 year history is officially on display at the Nicollet County Historical Society

The historical society has been collecting history for months.

  Little Lakers Learning Center will move into Crystal Valley Cooperative

About a year ago, Little Lakers Early Learning Center learned there is a gap of about 100 children in the area without child care. Around that same time, Crystal Valley Cooperative began thinking of renovating or moving their office outside of Lake Crystal.

  Wiste’s Meat Shop will be featured at the Minnesota State Fair

Wiste's Meat Shop has partnered with Nordic Waffles and will offer sweet and savory fair foods.

  A coffee and brewery stop in downtown Sleepy Eye set to open at the end of the summer

A coffee shop by day and a brewery by night.

Reports: Pizza Hut will close hundreds of dine-in restaurants

One of America's largest pizza chains, Pizza Hut plans to focus on carryout and delivery business, TODAY.com reported Wednesday.

  Indulge Salon & Tanning combines education and care to provide the best for clients

Indulge Salon and Tanning owner Tiffany Ward combined her passion for cosmetology and her entrepreneurial spirit to create a place for clients to connect, relax and feel good about themselves.

FedEx to end ground deliveries with Amazon

The shipping company will not renew is contract with Amazon, which is set to expire at the end of August, according to Memphis Business Journal.

  City of North Mankato, Profinium Bank offer new home improvement program

The program will be rolling in within the coming weeks.

  Minnesota Twins host “Minnesota State University, Mankato Night"

Ramon Pinero, director of alumni relations at Minnesota State Mankato, said more than 1,200 “Maverick families and friends” purchased game tickets.

  South Central College received a $200,000 pledge for new welding lab

The college received a $200,000 pledge from six industry partners to the South Central College North Mankato Campus Foundation, for a new welding lab.

  Support local veterans on National Root Beer Float Day

A&W is offering free root beer floats Tuesday. No purchase is necessary, but they are encouraging customers to donate to Disabled American Veterans.